Finding your legacy.
How will you be remembered? How do you want to be remembered? Our legacy is what we leave behind after we’re gone. For many of us it’s money, fame, children, but the most important legacy is passing on the teachings of Christ. As we grow older we make choices and those choices have more dire consequences the older we get. When we are young our choices more often then not only affect ourselves and even then not life altering. When we are older we make choices that can literally change the outcome of someone else’s life. How we choose to treat others, how we act, how we behave can destroy or build hope, family, love. It seems to me that how people remember your life, the kind of person you were is so important. Too often we live our lives for just ourselves but is that really the right thing to do? As with most things in life the answers are within our fingertips. Psalms 78:4 – “We will not hide [them] from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.” I have seen so many kids fall into the same lifestyle as their parents. I have seen so many people make a life of hurting others that that’s the only thing people remember about them. When you think about certain names or events names probably stick in your mind. Oklahoma City. Colorado Movie Theater. Boston bombing. For most the names of those responsible are on the tip of the tongue. What about in your own life? If you where to die tomorrow what would people remember about you? More importantly how do you want people to remember you? Deuteronomy 6:5-7 “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” If you live your life in a Godly way there should be no doubt of the legacy you leave behind. We will always fall short of the glory of God, but that doesn’t mean that gives us the right to treat others with disrespect. That doesn’t mean we treat others with vagrant disrespect, cruelty, distain with no reason at all. Being kind to others, and letting go of our selfish nature will greatly improve our life, because to love others, to give up ones selfish ambitions and put God first will be blessed. Matthew 6:20-21 “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” So when we live for Christ and we follow 2 Timothy 2:2 “And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” It seems straight forward, don’t be a jerk. For some that seems hard to do. Ruth 4:11 “Then all the people who were at the gate and the elders said, “We are witnesses. May the Lord make the woman, who is coming into your house, like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the house of Israel. May you act worthily in Ephrathah and be renowned in Bethlehem,” Ruth was a lady, a true Godly woman. She left a legacy that changed the way a kingdom was ruled, and saved her people from annihilation. You don’t get a much better legacy then that. Be kind to those around you. Be kind in your marriage. Be kind to your children. Be loving and thoughtful. Following a life of sin will lead you to nothing but misery. A life of sin will hurt those around you. It will destroy healthy relationships; push those who love you away, and as much as we try not to, we will be judged by our actions. If you lie to those around you, you will be known as a liar. If you hurt those around you, cheat those whom you claim to cherish, then that will be your legacy. If you lie, murder, steal, abuse others, then that’s a choice that could potentially haunt you forever. My favorite Christmas movie is a Christmas Carol and it seems it plays a roll in this Blog. Scrooge is a vial stingy man. He cared for nothing but himself, his money, no loved ones, no thought of the pain he brought to others. When he is shown his future, his own funeral, no one had a single nice thing to say. If you could be shown your own funeral what would people say about you? Grim thought, but as one of my favorite songs says “Your one step away from surrender, one step away from coming home.” “One step for arms wide open, his love will never let you go.” “Doesn’t matter how far you’ve gone, mercy says you don’t have keep runnin down the road you’re on, loves never met a lost cause.” (One Step Away, Casting Crowns) God’s love is never ending, it’s everlasting, is yours? If you want to leave a positive legacy live your life in Christ. Teach your children the good word of the Gospel. Expose your children to the truth, and live your life according to that truth. Your best life is up ahead if you let go of yesterday, make the choice today to follow the Lord. Let the Lord be your light, your source of love.